During Padgett's recruitment fans from four different schools followed his every move, picking apart every statement he or his father made to the media. Once he committed to Kansas, the overwhelming attention subsided. However, many Jayhawk fans are still willing to overanalyze and obsess when given the opportunity. At least, I am.
After half heartedly stalking the 6'10 C off and on for several months, I finally caught up with the Reno High School senior for a hard hitting in-depth interview. What I learned may surprise even the most well versed recruitnik.
Phog.net: Can you tell me your favorite snack food?
David: Ummm, wow. I guess I'd say Pringles. You know, the chips.
Who doesn't love the dehydrated potato slices flavored with salt and artificial flavorings? David's helpfulness and concern for accuracy revealed to me a need to be understood as well as a fear or misrepresentation in the media. I decided not to mention the questionable research indicating a surplus of salty snack foods has been linked to degenerative bone disease in elite athletes. There was no sense in random speculating.
Phog.net: What is the best movie you have seen in the last year?
David: In 2003? (Again with the need for accuracy. A theme is developing.)
Phog.net: Yeah sure. Or just in the last twelve months is fine too.
David: Training Day
Ahhh, the police drama starring Denzel Washington as jaded and corrupt veteran and Ethan Hawke as the fresh faced rookie in an undercover narcotics unit. It has been out on video almost a year, indicating David likely rented the DVD as opposed to seeing it in the theater. The good vs. evil action film is a gritty, macho study in situational ethics. Dr. Dre, Macy Gray and Snoop Dogg all have a role as well. Nice choice by David.
Phog.net: What was the last CD you bought?
David: The soundtrack to "8 Mile."
Phog.net: Good show.
David: I haven't seen it yet.
I assumed he was waiting for the DVD. A busy student athlete doesn't always have time for movies in the theater. Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment -would you capture it or just let it slip? I get the sense David will capture it. (Insert hook here.)
Phog.net: Do you have any game superstitions?
David: Actually, I do. I eat one Starburst before a game.
Phog.net: Really? Any particular flavor?
David: Usually green. I don't know why, really.
Phog.net: How long have you been doing this?
David: Since the middle of my junior year.
David exhibited extraordinary patience in his answers, treating this interviewer with cordial respect. Taste the rainbow, baby. Isn't life juicy?
Unfortunately I was unable to coax any more juicy secrets out of David. He considered carefully when I asked for a secret vice, prompting him to reveal something he may be embarrassed to admit – such a favorite silly television show or other humiliating indulgence. But in the end, I got nothing. David is direct and friendly, but careful and cautious. Good move, David. With all those Internet sites out there just anybody can call you up and pester you with inane questions, twisting your answers to fit some bizarre agenda.
(Check back later this week for a more serious conclusion to our in depth interview with David Padgett.)